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Bachelor of Science in Sustainability


Sustainability seeks a way for human and natural systems to work together so that all species can survive and thrive over the long-term, both locally and globally. The Bachelor in Science in Sustainability provides the broad fundamental knowledge, skills, and competencies to drive sustainable outcomes that address today’s urgent environmental, economic, and social challenges. This degree can be applied across a wide range of fields, from management, design, and planning, to environmental services in business, non-profit, and public institutions.

Required core courses provide a foundation in sustainability principles and strategies, applications in practice, environmental science, environmental law and policy, sustainability businesses, and systems thinking, culminating in an independent capstone project. Electives are drawn from a range of courses in Arts & Sciences that reflect the breadth of sustainability applications. Faculty are educators and practitioners with deep knowledge and experience in applying sustainability. The program addresses the collaborative and integrative nature of sustainability with an emphasis on applied learning, which takes these lessons from the classroom into St. Louis.

In addition to core requirements, students complete their degree with 18 additional units and may choose from three concentrations or select electives tailored to their interests. The concentrations include:

  1. Sustainable Environment and Science: a focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability.
  2. Sustainable Management and Organizations: a focus on understanding and applying sustainability in corporate and institutional management.
  3. Urban Sustainability: A focus on urban-scale sustainability policies and programs.


Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Lily Dollan

 Lily Dollan
Academic Advisor 

Rebecca O'Laughlin

 Rebecca O'Laughlin
Academic Advisor

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Elisa Wang

Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor


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required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in Sustainability include:

Required Core Courses: 18 units

  • Foundations and Practice of Sustainability (U19 205)
  • Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives (U29 413)
  • Strategic Planning (U44 364)
  • Environmental Law: Applications towards Sustainability (U19 328)
  • Sustainability as a Transformative Agent in Business and Public Policy (U19 368)
  • Sustainability Capstone (U19 450)
Concentration in Sustainable Environment and Science: 18 units

A concentration in sustainable environment and science is a good foundation for careers in environmental fields such as environmental manager, landscape manager, waste manager, or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • Ecology (U29 419)
  • Introduction to GIS (U90 200) or Digital Cartography (U90 303)
  • Environmental and Energy Issues (U25 3312)
  • Sustainable Food Systems Thinking (U19 337)
  • Anthropology and Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future (U69 3795)
  • Urban Agriculture & Sustainable Food Systems (U29 4631)
Concentration in Sustainable Management and Organizations: 18 units

A concentration in sustainable management and organizations is a good foundation for careers in the business or institutional applications of sustainability such as sustainable project manager, facilities manager, materials manager or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • Principles of Management (U44 339)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management (U44 303)
  • Introduction to Project Management (U44 224)
  • Design Thinking: Human-Centered Approaches to Making the World (U44 290)
  • Sustainable Food Systems Thinking (U19 337)
  • Environmental Economics (U07 355)
Concentration in Urban Sustainability: 18 units

A concentration in urban sustainability is a good foundation for careers in urban scale public policy and programs such as community manager, planning consultant, nonprofit manager or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • Planning Sustainable & Racially Equitable Urban Communities (U19 319)
  • Urban Ecology: Principles and Practice (U19 317)
  • Introduction to GIS or U90 303 Digital Cartography (U90 200)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 325)
  • Sustainable Food Systems Thinking (U19 337)
Degree in Sustainability (no concentration): 18 units

Students will select among Sustainability electives, including all courses offered in the concentrations. Examples of additional electives:

  • Nature and the American Literary Imagination (U65 313)
  • Global Sustainability (U29 364)

Take a course today. Apply later.

At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
2.7 minimum GPA

Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office:

application requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Sustainability. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • SPRING 2021: DEC. 30, 2020
  • SUMMER 2021: APRIL 15, 2021
  • FALL 2021: JULY 15, 2021
Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.


Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Mary Ann Lazarus | (314) 935-6700 |

Academic Advisor: Lily M. Dollan | (314) 935-3499 | LILY.M@WUSTL.EDU

Academic Advisor: Rebecca O'Laughlin | (314) 935-6742 | ROLAUGHLIN@WUSTL.EDU

Academic Advisor: Elisa Wang | (314) 935-6793 | ELISA.WANG@WUSTL.EDU